September 16, 2014

Mancuso continues to rack up honors

Gina Mancuso attempts a kill against Washington during the NCAA tournament. courtesy, NU Athletics.

Nebraska volleyball senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso was named to the Academic All-America Division I volleyball team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Mancuso was honored as a first-team selection for the first time. Her award makes her Nebraska’s 302nd all-time Academic All-American across all sports. In volleyball alone, Nebraska now has a nation-leading 37 Academic All-Americans. Nebraska’s last volleyball Academic All-American came in 2009 when Kori Cooper earned her second-straight honor.

Gina Mancuso notched another national honor on Thursday as she was selected as the 2012 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I volleyball.

Mancuso, from Omaha, NE., was chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans. The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

She is Nebraska’s second winner of the award, as All-America women’s basketball player Kelsey Griffin earned the honor in 2010.